Elizabeth of the Trinity
|Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, O.C.D.|
|Born||July 18, 1880
Military camp of Avord in the district of Farges-en-Septaine (Cher), France
|Died||November 9, 1906
Discalced Carmelite Monastery, Dijon, France
|Beatified||November 25, 1984 by Pope John Paul II|
|Patronage||sick people, loss of parents|
Elizabeth of the Trinity, O.C.D. (French: Élisabeth de la Trinité), (July 18, 1880 – November 9, 1906) was a French Discalced Carmelite nun, mystic and spiritual writer. She has been beatified by the Catholic Church.
She was born Élisabeth Catez in the Avord military camp in Cher, the first-born child of Captain Joseph Catez and his wife, Marie Rolland. When Elizabeth was seven years old, her father died unexpectedly. The family then moved to Dijon.
Catez had a terrible temper as a child. After receiving her First Holy Communion in 1891 she became more controlled and had a deeper understanding of God and the world. She also gained a profound understanding of the Trinity. Elizabeth visited the sick and sang in the church choir. She taught religion to children who worked in factories.
Soon after, Catez began to be interested in entering the Discalced Carmelites, although her mother strongly suggested her not to. Men had asked for Elizabeth's hand in marriage, but she declined, because her dream was to enter the Carmelite monastery that was located 200 meters from her home.
Elizabeth entered the Dijon Carmel on August 2, 1901. She said, "I find Him everywhere while doing the wash as well as while praying." Her time in the Carmel had some high times as well as some very low times. Today, we know about all that she felt and experienced in her writings. She wrote down when she felt she needed a richer understanding of God’s great love.
At the end of her life, she began to call herself Laudem Gloriæ. Elizabeth had wanted to be called that in Heaven because it means "praise of glory". She said, "I think that in Heaven my mission will be to draw souls by helping them to go out of themselves in order to cling to God by a wholly simple and loving movement, and to keep them in this great silence within which will allow God to communicate Himself to them and to transform them into Himself."
Elizabeth died at the age of 26 from Addison's disease, which in the early 20th century had no treatment. Even though her death was painful, Elizabeth still accepted that God gave her that gift and was grateful. Her last words were, "I am going to Light, to Love, to Life!"
Elizabeth was beatified by Pope John Paul II on November 25, 1984. Her feast day is celebrated on November 8. Her best-known prayer is "Holy Trinity Whom I Adore" which she wrote out of her love of the Trinity. Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity is a patron of illness, sick people and loss of parents.
- Holy Trinity Whom I Adore, entire text online at catholic-forum.com, page found 2011-04-11.
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- Elizabeth of the Trinity. Complete Works. 2 vol. Trans. Alethia Kane and Anne Englund Nash. Washington, DC: ICS Publications, 1984, 1995.
- Moorcroft, Jennifer. He Is My Heaven: The Life of Elizabeth of the Trinity. Washington, DC: ICS Publications, 2001. ISBN 0-935216-25-1
- Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, from Patron Saints Index